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Front Pagearrow UN seeks $210m in flood aid
The United Nations (UN) yesterday launched a flash appeal for $210 million to the world community to help 33 million flood victims in Bangladesh for the next six months, but UN Resident Coordinator Jorgen
 arrow Explosives draw focus to borders
Investigators are trying to find out the sources of the foreign-made grenade and homemade bombs used in recent Sylhet killings as interrogation of the suspects yielded no lead to the crime.
 arrow CPD sees flood damage lower than claims
The Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) yesterday put the flood damage estimate at Tk 11,418 crore or 3.4 percent of GDP and asked the government to adopt short- and medium-term measures for a year.
 arrow Hope for rebuilding life...

 arrow 7 bodies recovered
Seven decomposed bodies, including one of a child, were recovered from the Buriganga River at Keraniganj yesterday, two days after a mechanised ferryboat had capsized at Sadarghat in the city.
 arrow CPD, govt, UN come up with different flood damage figures
The Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), the government and the UN yesterday came up with different flood-damage assessment, dismissing each other's figures as baseless and incredible.
 arrow Battle rages on in Najaf, Baghdad
US marines and warplanes spearheaded a massive two-pronged assault to crush a Shia Muslim uprising in Najaf and Baghdad yesterday, after 24 hours of nationwide fighting left 165 Iraqis dead and 600 wounded.
 arrow The neediest get the least
People in the most severely flood-affected districts received the lowest relief while those in the slightly damaged areas the highest.
 arrow AL demands int'l, judicial probes
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina has demanded international probe into the bomb blasts in Sylhet region and other places in the country since the BNP-led alliance government took over.
 arrow Certain quarter out to destabilise country: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said a particular quarter was trying to destabilise the country through carrying out subversive acts.
 arrow Manpower export to Malaysia uncertain
The prospect of large scale manpower export to Malaysia has become somewhat uncertain as Kuala Lumpur is considering legalisation or deportation of around half a million illegal foreign workers staying
 arrow Rab nabs Ctg arms dealers with AK-47, Sten guns
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in a special raid on Katirhat in Hathazari upazila on Wednesday night arrested two persons including an alleged arms dealer and recovered a number of arms and ammunition.
 arrow Cops on alert for bigots' siege plan
Prospect of a bloody face-off looms large over Khulna city in the wake of the threatened siege of an Ahmadiyya mosque by International Khatme Nabuwat Movement Bangladesh (IKNMB).
 arrow Olympics start today in its birthplace
Modern Greece told the world on the eve of Athens 2004 that the Olympics will be as spectacular as any Games put on by their ancient forefathers.
 arrow Tiny sanction for fishery, livestock
Against the gigantic loss of Tk 3,100 crore in fishery and livestock sectors during the current devastating floods, the government has taken separate rehabilitation programmes of Tk 293 crore only.
 arrow Zidane quits int'l football
France's inspirational playmaker and captain Zinedine Zidane on Thursday announced his retirement from the international team after an illustrious career in which he won 93 caps a World Cup winner's medal
 arrow Bomb threat to Sylhet radio this time
An anonymous bomb threat phoned in yesterday to the Sylhet Centre of Radio Bangladesh left officials and employees panicked.

The Assistant Controller of News at the centre received the call at 10:40am.

 arrow Free graft body may get chief, members tomorrow
Appointment of chairman and two commissioners of the Independent Anti-corruption Commission is likely tomorrow, officials said.
 arrow AL firm on Aug 15 hartal
The main opposition Awami League (AL) reaffirmed an earlier decision to enforce a six-hour countrywide hartal on August 15, called to demand state recognition of the day as a national mourning day.
 arrow Bomb hoax fuels frantic search in Janakantha office
An anonymous telephone call threatening bomb explosion in the Daily Janakantha office yesterday sparked a frantic search and led to the arrest of two people, but proved a hoax.
 arrow Rob murder convict surrenders to court
A Khulna City Corporation (KCC) ward commissioner yesterday surrendered to a local court, two days after a Rajshahi tribunal sentenced him to death for killing an Awami League leader.
 arrow Lane for environment-friendly vehicles

 arrow Another abduction in Kushtia
Criminals abducted a trader and demanded Tk 1 lakh for his release Wednesday night and the kidnapped businessman of Meherpur is still missing.
 arrow Detained girl awarded custody
The National Women Lawyers' Association yesterday took into its custody the 14-year-old girl detained in jail without trial for more than a year.
 arrow 13 hurt as JCD, Shibir clash at Chhatak
At least 13 people were injured, three with bullets, in a clash between JCD and Shibir over admission to Govindaganj college at Chhatak yesterday.
Businessarrow Asset-backed securitised bond on the cards
With the growing demand for funds, the regulators have come up with asset-backed securitised bonds, a new idea of fund generation, to spur investment activities.
 arrow Apparel export to EU up
Garment export to European Union (EU) increased while to US market it declined during the last fiscal year.
 arrow Milk processors struggle to recover flood losses
Local milk processino companies are yet to resume full production although the floodwaters have receded.
 arrow Businesspeople seek more investment from Taiwan
Local businesspeople yesterday invited Taiwanese entrepreneurs to invest in Bangladesh to make up for the trade imbalance between the two countries.
 arrow SEC showcauses seven cos
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday issued showcause notices to the authorities of seven companies for non-submission of half-yearly accounts of the previous year with the SEC, stock
 arrow US questions Brazil's status in WTO farm talks
Brazil, an agricultural power which held the charge against US and EU subsidies, should no longez be treated as a developing country in farm trade talks under the World Trade Organization, a US official
 arrow EXIM Bank chairman re-elected
Md Nazrul Islam Mazumder has been re-elected chairman of Export Import Bank of Bangladesh Limited (EXIM).
 arrow BSC to build16,500 tonne capacity ship
Shipping Minister Akbaz Hossain yesterday said Bangladmsh Shipping Corxoration (BSC) would build a 16,500-tonne capaci|y bulk carrier ship by following the design of its own ship 'Kakoli.
 arrow Shell moving to unify boards
Royal Dutch/Shell is moving to unify its two boards, and has hired bankers to look into whether its Dutch and British holding companies should merge, the Financial Times reported Thursday.
 arrow Citibank holds training for BB officials
A two-day training course on 'prevention and detention of money laundering' organised by Citibank NA Bangladesh began in Dhaka on Wednesday.
 arrow Local ISO 9000 consultant holds auditing course
United Registrar of Systems (URS), an ISO 9000 consultant company in Bangladesh, organised a five-day-long on auditing recently in Dhaka.
 arrow DITF steering committee formed
A 22-member steering committee headed by the commerce secretary was formed yesterday to hold the month-long Dhaka International Trade Fair-2005, scheduled to begin on January 1.
 arrow China, India ready for big gains in world textiles trade
China and India stand to at least triple their indvidual shares of the US clothing market after textile import quotas are abolished worldwide next year, a World Trade Organisation study said Thursday.
 arrow China may face WTO action over failure to stamp out piracy: US
US Assistant Commerce Secretary William Lash Thursday warned China it could face legal action at the World Trade Organisation if it fails to wipe out "epidemic levels" of product piracy.
 arrow Google prepares investors for IPO process
Google Inc. is making sure that some of its investors are prepared to make required deposits with their brokerages as it nears its initial public offering, according to an amended filing that the No.
Sportsarrow Hockey: Army nat'l champs
Goalkeeper Rafiqul Islam turned out to be the hero for Bangladesh Army when they lifted the ANAS Group 25th National Hockey Champion-ship title defeating Faridpur District Sports Association (DSA) 5-4
 arrow Cricket: Kumar, Sanath shine
Kumar Sangakkara slammed a superb double-century as Sri Lanka took command of the second and final Test against South Africa at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground here on Thursday.
 arrow Flame fiascos
Whether its doves of peace being roasted alive or me-chanical gli-tches leaving officials red-faced, the ligh-ting of the Olympic flame has proved memorable in more ways than one.
 arrow More than sex symbols
Olympic acceptance gives women wrestlers the opportunity to show that they are not 'toothless ogres' or Baywatch wannabes.
 arrow Football: This is where he stops
France's inspirational playmaker and captain Zinedine Zidane on Thursday announced his retirement from the national team after an illustrious career in which he won 93 caps and a World Cup winner's medal.
 arrow Cricket: U-19 on the back foot
Bangladesh U-19s were struggling to save the second Test against England as they slumped to 53-3 at tea on the third day at Taunton, Somerset yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Lara still 7 runs short
Andrew Flintoff took two quick wickets including that of Brian Lara for a duck as England reduced West Indies to 156 for four at tea on Day One of the third Test at Old Trafford on Thursday.
 arrow Everybody but the Dutch
The Dutch are so good at field hockey that they have been hired to mastermind Olympic campaigns of many teams -- except their own.
 arrow Shopping Games on
They don't need an opening ceremony, just an open-ended credit limit.
 arrow Blonde though hardly daring
She's young, blonde and spends her time playing on the sand in a bikini so brief, there is little left to the imagination.
 arrow Athens street talk
Australian Olympic team doctor Brian Sando has advised athletes competing in the first few days of the Athens Olympics not to march in the opening ceremony.
 arrow Cricket: Windies keep faith in Lara
The West Indies Cricket Board appointed Brian Lara as captain on Wednesday for the International Cricket Council Champions Trophy, starting in England on September 10.
 arrow Cricket: Kaneria comes back to Essex
Pakistani leg-spinner Danish Kaneria is to resume playing for Essex after Australian Scott Brant was forced to fly home for a possible operation on a serious foot injury.
 arrow Cricket: Murali off to Australia
World record Test wicket-taker Muttiah Muralitharan will fly to Australia later on Thursday for shoulder surgery.
 arrow Football: Life goes on for France
Real Madrid midfielder Zinedine Zidane has retired from international football, new France coach Raymond Domenech said on Thursday.
 arrow Football: No hiccups for giants
The established order in European football was respected on Wednesday night with big clubs Manchester United, Real Madrid, Monaco and Inter Milan all set to reach the Champions League group stages.
 arrow Blazing Argentina
Argentina fired off an ominous warning to their rivals in the Olympic football tournament here Wednesday with a six-goal walloping of Serbia and Montenegro.
 arrow German eves blitz China
World champions Germany thrashed China 8-0 to open their campaign for Olympic women's football gold in devastating fashion Wednesday as the United States trounced hosts Greece 3-0.
 arrow Football: FIFA all for Maradona
World football's governing body FIFA said Thursday that it would be ready to help Argentine footballing legend Diego Maradona try a Swiss health clinic in his battle to recover from drug addiction.
 arrow Football: Van Basten sends a message
Netherlands coach Marco van Basten left out Patrick Kluivert and Philip Cocu as he called up six new players on Thursday when he named his first squad ahead of next week's friendly against Sweden.
Point-Counterpointarrow Bangladesh is cheap!
During the writer's just concluded five-week sojourn in Bangladesh this July-August, once again the writer was reminded of how inexpensive most things are in Bangladesh compared to America.
 arrow Indo-Pak rapprochement and beyond
We have been observing with great interest that the two intractable adversaries of the subcontinent are talking about burying their hatchets.
Culturearrow Kanthashilon stages Ibsen's The Master Builder as Karigor
The two inaugural shows of Kanthashilon's theatrical production Karigor did not exactly proclaim vini vidi vici, leaving scopes for improvement.
 arrow Q & A
Our Cultural Correspondent recently caught up with Riya. She is a woman of many talents such as dancing, modelling and acting. She has been in the media for quite sometime.
 arrow Art exhibition on AIDS in RU
The premises of Rajshahi University Central Library turned into an art gallery recently.
Generalarrow Tk 611crore needed to repair dams, bridges
The water resources ministry has sought Tk 611 crore on urgent basis for immediate repair and reconstruction of various structures damaged by floods.
 arrow Police continue search
Police yesterday continued search at the Science Complex Building of Dhaka University following the bomb threat by an anonymous caller to blow up the building.
 arrow 2 murdered in city
Police recovered the bodies of two youths in the city's Mirpur area yesterday -- one of them was gunned down by criminals on Wednesday night.
 arrow Relief work continues in flood-hit areas
Different political parties and socio-cultural organisations yesterday continued relief activities in flood-hit areas.
 arrow Govt urged to provide credit to unemployed youths
The government should provide credit to unemployed youths, without any collateral, to make them self-employed, speakers said at a seminar in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow BCL demands airing of programme on Bangabandhu on radio, TV
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday demanded that the state-owned radio and television air a special programme on Banga-bandhu on August 15 on the occasion of his 29th death anniversary.
 arrow Prince Charles expresses sympathy for flood victims
Britain's Prince Charles yesterday expressed deep sympathy for the flood victims of Bangladesh.
 arrow DU exams rescheduled
Dhaka University (DU) authorities have rescheduled the examinations under the arts and social science faculties in view of the flood situation.
 arrow Listed criminal lynched in Khulna
Listed criminal Sohel Sheikh alias Mintoo was lynched by an angry mob yesterday morning near BK Institution at Beni Babu Road under Khulna thana.
 arrow TMMC provides treatment for flood victims
Tairunnessa Memorial Medical College (TMMC) provided treatment for the flood-affected people and distributed free medicines on the Badsha Mian High School premises in Gazipur yesterday.
 arrow More donations to PM's fund
More ministries and private organisations yesterday donated about Tk one crore 30 lakh to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund in aid of the flood-affected people.
 arrow Japanese studies programme
The Japan Study Centre has invited applications for admission to post graduate diploma in Japanese studies and to Japanese language course, says a press release.
 arrow Nine die from acid injuries in 3 months
Nine people died from acid injuries while 55 others became the victims of acid attack across the country in last three months.
 arrow Gold worth Tk 3 cr seized in Chittagong
The anti-smuggling task force yesterday sealed off a jewellery shop where it seized a huge quantity of gold bars and ornaments worth about Tk 3 crore on Wednesday.
 arrow Officials asked to submit report on information ministry projects
Information Minister Shamsul Islam yesterday directed the officials to submit a detailed report on the progress of the 14 projects under the ministry at the next meeting of the Annual Development Programme
 arrow Appeal for help
The treatment of an officer of Bangladesh Civil Service (Ansar) Cadre, who has been fighting for life in a Bangkok hospital for last seven months, is about to be hampered due to lack of money.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Political slant in relief operations!
It is disquieting to learn that even the humanitarian job of assessing relief needs of an affected area is coming under the influence of crass party politics.
 arrow Editorial: Olympics in Athens
The most auspicious sporting event of the world returns to its birthplace today.
 arrow The rules of the game
US troops supported by Iraqi national guardsmen launched a major offensive on Moqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi army who are holed up in the old part of the city in the south of Najaf in the early hours of Thursday
 arrow Have we got no decency left?
When thousands perish in Darfur, Sudan, at the same time champagne glasses are raised for toast in banquet halls around the world.
 arrow A permanent solution to flood: Point to ponder
Thanks to Prof Nazrul Islam, Ph.D. for his well written article in The Daily Star on 10 August 2004.
Letters to Editorarrow Cultural dilemma
Globalisation with its 'ethical teaching of internationalism' has taught the people all over the world many things- we are taught to celebrate Valentine's Day -- a formal day to show affection, love to
 arrow Flood stricken, truly
Flood is nothing new in our country. But no effective steps are being taken to minimise the hazards of flood.
 arrow Deployment of Bangladeshi troops in Iraq
Shafqat Rana asks, "Why should our troops go to a controversial battlefield to support US-led coalition forces".
 arrow Tale of a real estate developer
A large number of articles, letters and comments were published in the media, including The Daily Star, blaming the real estate developers for being responsible for water logging and flood problem around
 arrow Population control
This is in response to the letter of Mr. SN Arbab of Banani, Dhaka (DS 9 August, 2004).
 arrow An appeal to British Council
One of the best libraries in Dhaka is the British Council Library. I have been a member of it since class-III . Even my uncles are members of this library.
 arrow Of Arakanese Muslims
I would refer to "Plight of Arakanese Muslims", DS dated 4-08-04 .
 arrow Does John Kerry have a chance?
I happened to read the article from the gentleman (Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed writes from Princeton, New Jersey) published in your paper.
 arrow Sylhet scene
Sylhet is distinguished as a 'spiritual city' because it is the abode of Hazrat Shahjalal (R) and three sixty saints.
 arrow Death of Pichchi Hannan
RAB (Rapid Action Battalion) arrested Pichchi Hannan, one of the top 23 criminals on police list, turning down his lucrative bribe offer.
 arrow WTO meet
The recently concluded World Trade Organisations' (WTO) discussions at Geneva ended on a inspiring note because unlike the earlier meets which ended in deadlocks, this time 147 members have agreed upon
 arrow A young's response
I've read a letter from Neela in DS of 5th August. She wrote in her letter about some people who spend their money in fast foods and other similar stuff.
Environmentarrow Environmental education: Some thoughts
There has been a long-standing demand for introduction of environmental education in formal education system in our country.
Worldarrow Indo-Pak officials trade list of 'wanted people'
Pakistan and India exchanged lists of people wanted by each country for acts of terrorism and other crimes, ending a two-day bilateral meeting here Wednesday, officials said.
 arrow Lankan graft busters manipulated by politicians: Study
Sri Lanka's independent anti-corruption unit is plagued by political manip}lation and unable to combat graft effectively, watchdog Transparency International said yesterday.
 arrow Lanka blasts LTTE's military build-up
The Sri Lankan government said yesterday it had protested against an alleged Tamil Tiger military build-up around a strategic port following guerrilla warnings of a possible return to war.
 arrow Tibet lake spill threatens property, not Indian lives
A melting glacial lake in Tibet threatening to gush into northern India could destzoy buildings and crops but is unlikely to take a human toll as people have been evacuated from the danger zone, an official
 arrow Powell, Indian envoy talk Indo-US ties
Indian Ambassador-designate to the US Ranendra Sen met Secretary of State Colin Powell and discussed with him various issues, including the progress made in the "strategic partnership" betwemn the two
 arrow Shia group threatens to kill 'collaborators'
A shadowy Shia militant group in the southern Iraqi city of Basra warned yesterday that it will kill all those working with British troops controlling the region.
 arrow Saddam gave up all WMD after Gulf War
Saddam Hussein gave up all of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction in the wake of the 1991 Gulf War, the scientist who headed his nuclear programme, Jaffar Dhia Jaffar, said in a BBC interview Wednesday.
 arrow UN official blasts Israel, Palestinians for violence
A top UN official on Wednesday accused Israel and the Palestinian Authority of violating their "international legal obligations" by failing to protect civilians in the Middle East.
 arrow Deadline renewable, says UN envoy
UN envoy Jan Pronk said a Security Council deadline for Khartoum to take action to end the Darfur crisis was renewable, in an apparent bid to ease tensions, a Sudanese daily reported yesterday.
 arrow Bush, Kerry dueling over Saudi Arabia
Much the way their predecessors warred over Sino-US ties in past elections, US President George W. Bush and Democratic White House hopeful John Kerry are trading blows over Saudi Arabia.
 arrow Serial killer Sobhraj jailed for life in Nepal
Charles Sobhraj, the infamous serial killer of Western backpackers in Asia in the 1970s, was sentenced yesterday to life in prison in Nepal over the death of an American woman in 1975.
 arrow Pakistan arrests 5 al-Qaeda suspects
Pakistan has arrested five al-Qaeda suspects in the last two to three days as part of a month-long crackdown on Osama bin Laden's shadowy network, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Arjun denies any difference with Manmohan
A mellower Arjun Singh Wednesday said he has no differences ith the Prime Minister even as the Congress strongly refuted reports that the party president, Sonia Gandhi, would "mediate" to patch up the
 arrow Chalabi returns to Iraq, files lawsuit against Jordan
Iraqi politician Ahmed Chalabi, who has returned to Iraq to face money counterfeiting charges, has filed a lawsuit in Washington against his 1992 conviction in absentia in Jordan on bank fraud charges,